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Old 03-16-2009, 04:24 PM   #1
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Hey people. I just got my Rhizomes and I intend to plant in planters as I'm not sure where I'll be living over the next few years. I realize it is not optimal but I'm willing to deal with it.

I'm thinking of building some planters from wood and I'm wondering how many cubic feet of soil I would want for each plant and if they should have a certain depth to them?

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The latest issue of "Brew Your Own" (March/April) has an article on container growing for hops.

Good info it seems.

Hope it helps

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to plant up to three in the following size box. We have been growing hops for 3 years and the first year is always the best to fill up a wood box with root structure. This is good because:
#1 You can move
#2 You get to keep all the roots when you leave
#3 You can move if growing conditions aren't optimal.
#4 You can control pest a little easier by getting the base stalk up off the ground and in the box.

We built redwood boxes that were 12'' deep x 2' wide x 2' long
these are a bitch to move(by yourself) but the first year rhizomes will fill these bad boys.
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Have you seen the half whiskey barrels they sell at Lowes or Home Depot? Those are about the size most people recommend to do container growing.

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to plant up to three in the following size box. We have been growing hops for 3 years and the first year is always the best to fill up a wood box with root structure. This is good because:
#1 You can move
#2 You get to keep all the roots when you leave
#3 You can move if growing conditions aren't optimal.
#4 You can control pest a little easier by getting the base stalk up off the ground and in the box.

We built redwood boxes that were 12'' deep x 2' wide x 2' long
these are a bitch to move(by yourself) but the first year rhizomes will fill these bad boys.
Good luck!
Oh wow I was thinking 2.5ft x 2.5ft x 2ft = 12.5 cubic feet per plant maybe I'm over estimating. I have about a 15 foot stretch of yard to plant 2 sets of 3 varieties. I was thinking I'd put one in each and build 3,12 foot trellises for each variety.
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Have you seen the half whiskey barrels they sell at Lowes or Home Depot? Those are about the size most people recommend to do container growing.
I've browsed HD and I saw what looked like a half barrel but it was ceramic and not really that big. Do you know the price on these?
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I scored some large (25 gallon he said) plastic planters from my local nursery. They keep them around for putting their bushes and trees in but when I asked nicely they sold me 2 for only $3 each. THey have holes in the bottom and holes around the bottom outside edge for great drainage.

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I saw your thread on that, it is a possibility for me too but for now I'm having fun with google sketchup and wooden planters

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I've browsed HD and I saw what looked like a half barrel but it was ceramic and not really that big. Do you know the price on these?
When I bought two a year ago they were like $20 per. The ceramic ones might be better than the old whiskey barrels in the long run as long as you drill holes in the bottom.
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Here's what I've come up with



2'x2'x2'. I've reduced it to 2 cuts. 1' 8" lengths of 2x4 and 2'x2'x1/2" plywood. That's a little less than 8 ft^3.

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